Scotland’s Royal Castles

Balmoral Castle is open 1st April to 31st July. We replace this stop with Scone Palace from 1st August to 31st October when this tour closes for the season.

We collect you from your hotel in our luxury vehicle at 8.30am. This tour starts with a drive to the mountains and the majestic landscape of the eastern Cairngorms. Britain’s largest National Park and largest Mountain range. We continue to Royal Deeside and visit Her Majesty the Queen’s current Scottish home, Balmoral Castle. First purchased by Queen Victoria in 1852, it has remained a Royal residence ever since. The Royal family enjoy a 10 week break from public duties in this Royal retreat every year from the 1st August.

Next we take a drive through Glenisla, past Forter castle to the rich farm and agricultural land that surrounds Tayside. Here we visit the magnificent Glamis Castle. The dark red sandstone and Scots Baronial architecture make this Castle stand out among all other Scottish Castles. Ancestral home to the Earl and Countess of Strathmore for more than 600 years and childhood home of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon Queen Elizabeth the Queen mother. The castle holds the most comprehensive history of  Her Majesty, The Queen Mother to be found anywhere.

Option 2, When The Royal family are in residence, we replace our first stop with a visit to Scone Palace. This is the Crowning site of Scottish Kings since the 9th Century and played a key role in Scottish history even further back, to ancient Pictish times. The cu

rrent house is home to the Earl of Mansfield and was remodelled in the early 1800’s. It houses a fine collection of art, furniture and ceramics, collected by the family over the centuries.

We then visit the Meigle Pictish Stone museum (1st April to 30th September). This rare collection of intricately carved stones date from the 700-900’s AD. The ancient Pictish people of Scotland are a mystery in written history, however, the beautiful carved stones they left behind offer great clues about their life. In the afternoon we take you to visit Glamis Castle.

We are happy to offer option 2 at any time during the season. Please let us know when you book your tour.
Balmoral Castle

Lunch and admission fees are NOT included

Edinburgh & Surrounding Area

Changes to the itinerary are necessary during the winter period

We collect you from your hotel in our luxury vehicle at 8.30am. We travel around the City of Edinburgh, visiting both Old and New Town. This gives us the opportunity to tell you many facts, figures, and interesting stories about the long, rich history of Scotland’s capital City.

We then head to the Forth road and rail bridges. The rail bridge (The Forth Bridge), built between 1881 and 1889, was considered at the time, the greatest feat of engineering in the industrial world.Forth Rail Bridge

Overlooking these landmarks are some of Scotland’s finest stately homes and castles. First we visit Hopetoun House. Arguably the finest stately home in Scotland.

Blackness Castle is our next stop. This sea side fortress is a text book example of a Scottish castle.

Next its on to the Palace of Linlithgow. A ghostly looking shell of its former grand royal days.

Finally we visit Rosslyn Chapel. Recently featured in Hollywood blockbuster The Da Vinci Code. With links to the knight’s templar and Built in 1446, this is believed to be the hiding place of the Holy Grail.Apprentice Pillar at Rosslyn Chapel

You also have the option to visit Glenkinchie Whisky Distillery on this tour as a replacement to some locations listed above.

Lunch and admission fees are not included